Day Trips From Springbrook Mountain
Base yourself at Springbrook Mountain and enjoy one of these day trips to see some of the beautiful countryside. Visit some of the quaint little towns in the region or go to the beach for a swim in the surf.
Drive 1 – Springbrook to Murwillumbah and back via the M1 highway
Drive down Pine Creek Rd and head south towards Murwillumbah. You’ll drive through Numinbah Valley surrounded by the cliffs and ranges a very picturesque drive.
Natural Bridge is well worth seeing. It is easily accessible for most fitness levels and young children. Walk through the subtropical rainforest to see the spectacular natural rock arch formation over Cave creek. Along the walk see buttress roots, magnificent strangler fig trees and massive epiphytic ferns.
Look for noisy pittas, rainforest dragons and rainbow lorikeets. The red berries that cover the ground in spring are from lillypilly trees. During the day, hear the calls of paradise riflebirds, green catbirds and wompoo fruit-doves.
The cave is big enough for many people to enter under the near perfect arch. At night it comes alive with thousands of glow-worms.
Continue over the Border Ranges – some great views. Stop at the border crossing (Queensland and NSW) and take some photos. You’ll look back towards Springbrook Mountain.
Chillingham, the first of the Volcano Villages that you’ll come across. It lies nestled inside the erosion caldera of the Mt. Warning Shield Volcano.
Walking into the Chillingham Store is a bit like walking back into the 19th century. This general store also has a charming tropical beer garden offering tea and scones and old style country cooking. Next door is local fruit and vegies stall that sells some wonderful home made bush food jams and condiments.
Crystal Creek Miniatures
A place to see the tiniest horses, cattle, donkeys and dogs. Take some bread with you to feed the native fish, mullet, eel tailed cat fish, eels, Australian Bass and tortoises. Palmdale Nursery and Crystal Creek Miniatures, Corner of Numinbah Rd & Upper Crystal Creek Rd Murwillumbah Phone: 02 66791532 W: www.minianimals.net
Very much a traditional style agricultural centre, Murwillumbah is located nearly exactly in the middle of the Mt Warning caldera, with the nearby Mount Warning commanding almost every view. You’ll hear locals refer to it as “Mur-bah” and debate the claim that Murwillumbah means “Place of many possums” in the local aboriginal dialect.
The rich alluvial soils washed down from the slopes of the eroding volcanic outcroppings support the production of sugar cane, mixed small crops and vegetables.
It’s worth a visit to the Tweed Valley Art Gallery. Even if you’re not an art buff this gallery will surprise you. Plan to have lunch there. The café has fabulous food with views across the lush green meadows of the valley.
A big attraction at this gallery is the rooms from Margaret Olley’s house. Each room has been transported from Sydney and installed in the gallery. It gives an amazing insight into this fabulous artist and the way she lived. W: http://artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au/
Founded on timber getting and dairying, Uki (pronounced yook-eye) is a beautiful and peaceful village located virtually at the foot of Mt. Warning. The village is heritage conservation area with heritage buildings including the Mt Warning Hotel, the old bank building and the old Butter Factory, now converted to art and craft galleries and artisans workspaces. Mt Warning National Park is 20 minutes away. W: http://www.ukivillage.com.au/
From Uki head towards the M1 highway and work your way back to Springbrook.
Drive 2 – Mt Warning National Park
Drive down to the Nerang-Murwillumbah Rd and head for Mt Warning. This mountain is the core of the ancient volcano that formed much of this land. It was named by Lieutenant James Cook in 1770 as a warning to seafarers of the numerous treacherous reefs along the coast. To the Bundjalung people the mountain is called Wollumbin, and remains an important sacred site.
The walk up Mt Warning is an 8.8km round trip from Breakfast Creek parking area and winds through ever-changing rainforest to reach the viewing platforms at the summit.
The walk is a five-hour trip with the last section being very steep. For those less inclined to attempt the climb, the Lyre Bird Walk is a 500-metre stroll from the parking area to a viewing platform looking out over the rainforest and Breakfast Creek.
Mt. Warning is Australia’s most prominent volcanic plug. It’s all that is left of the eroded core of the Tweed Shield Volcano, Australia’s largest central volcano formed about 23 million years ago. It straddles the New South Wales-Queensland border. The igneous complex is elliptical, being 8 km maximum east-west diameter and 5.5 km maximum north-south diameter.
The structure we now see is a huge erosion caldera exposing the eroded remains of a large magma chamber. The trachyandesite plug is the central part of Mt Warning and rises to 1,156 m. The original vent would have been about 1,940 m above sea level and over 30 km across. Thick rhyolite and basalt lava flows and pyroclastics were also associated with the volcano, extending up to 54 km away from the eruption centre.
From here you can return to Springbrook either via the M1 or back across the Border ranges.